5 LEVELS OF YLT
Below is a guide to how we group players at YLT. This guide is based on skill-level first, not by age. Upon registration, please select the level that you believe best fits each player's tennis ability. On the first day of each new session, our YLT coaches will evaluate all players to ensure they are registered/playing at the appropriate level. Our coaches will move players up and down accordingly based on those evaluations.
Please Note: It is very common for players to repeat levels for multiple seasons before moving up to the next level. Some players improve quicker than others. If your children practice more than once per week in addition to YLT, they will improve faster and move up levels quicker. The more you play, the better you get!
During COVID-19: Each participant is partnered with one other player of a similar skill-level and age. Partners will stay together for the entire session and be assigned a designated coach as well.
We work with players of every level to improve hand-eye coordination, agility, and quickness.
Beginners, ages 5 - 7 years old. Kids learn to play on mini tennis courts that our coaches setup specifically for this level. We will teach professional quality skills needed to get your kids playing the game of tennis; introduce rallying and drop-hit forehand serves in order to prepare them to move up to the Green Level next.
This level plays with Red tennis balls.
QS plays 1.5 hours weekly.
Beginners, ages 8 - 14 years old.
Kids also learn to play on mini tennis courts that our coaches setup. Sometimes they will play from full-size tennis courts, which will depend on location and player's ability. We teach professional quality fundamentals; introduce rallying and playing games with modified serving rules to prepare them to move up to the Red Level where they will play matches.
This level plays with Orange tennis balls.
G plays 1.5 hours weekly.
Novice players work on overhead serving, aiming drop hits, and rallying, as well as playing matches with modified serving rules. Half of the time is spent on skills, and the other half is spent playing matches while learning to keep score. Red level players need to be able to make drop-hit forehands in the court, consistently from the baseline. Red
Level plays with orange balls and we will get them ready to move up to the Yellow Level.
Red plays 2 hours weekly.
Intermediate players work on serving, aiming drop hits, and rallying, as well as playing matches with modified serving rules. Half of the time is spent on skills, and the other half is spent playing matches. Yellow Level players need to be able to aim their drop-hit forehands in the service box, consistently from the baseline, and be able to serve overhand with some consistency. Yellow players continue to work on overhead serves and really focus on consistency, control, and court positioning.
Yellow Level plays with orange balls and we will get them ready to move up to the Blue Level.
Y plays 2 hours weekly.
Advanced players work on serving, receiving the serve, and rallying. Half of the time is spent on skills, and the other half is spent playing matches. Blue Level players need to be able to serve overhead consistently and are coached on court positioning, shot selection, and strategy. Participants are this level are given the most opportunity to play singles matches.
Blue Level plays with green-dot and yellow balls, and the goal is to get them ready for High School Tennis.
Blue plays 2 hours weekly.